Hello “Of Horse” audience, the Pony Bloggers (Gucci, Sweetsie and Leggs) are back to discuss Equestrian Disciplines. We are three different horses and we participate in three different disciplines. Gucci enjoys Eventing, Leggs loves slow hunter courses, and me-well, as you all know by now, barrel racing. Our family of riders respects all the disciplines and the differences in horses.
We would like to see more riders respect differences. So many times at different events the following remarks are heard, “that barrel horse is crazy,” those western horses look lame”, “hunter riders are snotty,” “dressage is boring,” “that draft horse needs to show just draft shows,” “can the speed horses go after the pleasure horses are finished,” and the list goes on and on.
We, Pony Bloggers would like to challenge all the riders out there to an experiment. The next time riders think negative at an equestrian event change the thought process. Learn something instead and stay positive. Talk to the other riders and learn about what they do. Try a lesson in a different venue than what you are accustomed or usually comfortable with doing. Differences can add to your riding experience.
Competitors must recognize how influential their example can be for others, and accept responsibility as role models. This applies both on and off horses. Coaches and trainers can also help to promote positive attitudes by setting a good example and by discouraging negative behavior or acts of discourtesy by riders under their supervision.
Let’s all work together and help change the atmosphere in the riding world. Riders are all equestrians no matter the riding style. And horses are all beautiful in their respective disciplines. Build each other up and learn from one another. Always display good sportsmanship and enjoy the different riding styles. Take your riding to the next level!